In 2013 the APEC Study Centre undertook a research project aimed at identifying opportunities for Australian businesses to enhance Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Taiwan and China.
The program will also establish effective monitoring and review mechanisms for investment procedures with particular regard to investments involving State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) as well as build constructive stakeholder relationships/international cooperation. The program and related activities will respond to the priorities of APEC (and ASEAN) leaders to improve investment flows within the region.
The structure comprises research and capacity building components designed, administered and delivered by the Australian APEC Study Centre in collaboration with Australian, regional and international experts and implementation partners including:
- Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- APEC Investment Experts Group (IEG)
- Organisation for Economic and Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
- World Bank
- University of Canberra (UC)
- China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Australian Treasury
- Australian Productivity Commission
This multi-year capacity building program (2013-2014) will be delivered by the Australian APEC Study Centre with funding support from the Australian Government under its Public Sector Linkages Program.
Seminar and Policy Dialogue
Date: 16 – 18 September 2013
Location: Beijing, China
The seminar and policy dialogue aims at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of investment procedures, enhancing constructive stakeholder relationships/international cooperation and establishing effective monitoring and review mechanisms for investment procedures. All of which are some of the major objectives set out in the Collective Action Plan 2012 prepared for APEC by the APEC Investment Experts’ Group.
Capacity Building Training Program 1
Dates: 12-18 June 2014
Location: RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Following on from the Seminar and Policy dialogue this capacity building training program aims to strengthen institutions and build the capacity of regional investment officials to better equip them to monitor, review and implement best practice investment policies and to improve predictability, stability and transparency in national investment decision making, thereby contributing to increased investment flows. The syllabus will include consideration of factors relevant to the role of investments by State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), as well as pensions and managed funds.
Capacity Building Training Program 2
Dates: March 2015 (TBC)
Location: Melbourne, Australia
This capacity building training program will further the development and implementation of quantitative measures to measure progress in increasing investment flows and transparency and best practices in handling investments by State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs).
Research, publications and reports
Two research reports were commissioned as part of this multi-year program to assist APEC economies with developing practical tools which will help investors in making better informed decisions at the investment planning stage, thereby promoting higher investment in the long-run.
The research outputs of this component will be published and circulated to relevant APEC and ASEAN leaders and will inform a capacity building training elements of this project.
The use and abuse of indicators on foreign ownership restrictions and taxation to assess the investment climate (PDF 617KB) by Jonathan Coppel, Commissioner, Australian Productivity Commission
The value of quantitative measures to demonstrate improving the investment environment (PDF 352KB) by Sinclair Davidson, Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University